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Jedi Problems--Belts

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:15 pm    Post subject: Jedi Problems--Belts Reply with quote

In a couple of weeks I'll be old enough to apply for the Legion. I've have slowly been gathering materials for a generic Jedi. The robes were made with the help of my grandmother who is a seamstress. The biggest thing that has been giving me trouble is the belt. I ordered one offline, but it ended up being six inches too large; the seller had me send it back. They said they couldn't accommodate the size. But they were very sweet about it and refunded me. I ordered another off of Amazon, but it ended up being pleather; it works, but I think leather would look more authentic.

I've never worked with a large sheet of leather. I've made small things, like a cuff for Rey and a makeshift belt; but not something like a Jedi belt. I tried dying it, and it ended up not going well at all. Does anyone know of a kit or an online shop where I could purchase a belt that meets standards? Or any possible tutorials?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DIY kit here:
http://www.saberbelt.com/DIYBeltKit.htm

I have this belt here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Star-Wars-Prop-Anakin-Jedi-Belt-Leather-Pouch-/132082683712



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I also bought one of those pleather belts. Sad

I removed all the button studs & metal bits, and made a new belt using "found" parts:

- I bought 2 cheap 1.25" belt-straps from the hardware store @$7.99 each,
and "taped" them together on the backside with gorilla tape. (to form a single "wide" belt , @ 2.5" wide)
- add the button studs: 4 pairs, spaced ~8 inches apart.
- then add a 3/4" fashion belt, with a small rectangular buckle. (to form the 'narrow' accent belt -- it fits between the button studs).

the 2 'hardware store belts' look roughly similar to this:
http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/201305066749-0-1/s-l1000.jpg
(I used two of them, taped together on the backside with gorilla tape -- the ones I bought had "trucker" buckles which I discarded and replaced with a velcro-closure at the back of the body -- the 'seam' between the 2 belt-straps is covered/hidden by the accent belt)

the 'accent belt' looks roughly similar to this:
http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/221674040183-0-1/s-l1000.jpg
(any men's fashion belt will do; 0.75" wide; with small rectangular buckle -- I got one similar to this at wal-mart -- it's not exactly the same, but you get the idea).

^^ since you already have the pleather belt , then you already have all the button studs and the buckle.
(reduce reuse recycle) Wink


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A leather prequel style belt is fairly easy to make though it can be some what expensive. All you need are two leather straps of differing widths, usually 2 inches and half an inch seem to be the norm. Brown leather dye, this is the messy part so use gloves and some sam browne studs, I suggest going with screws instead of the rivet kind. Side snap buckle, metal looks best, and a little extra leather to go around the back and the thinner belt completes it.

The cheapest I have found I can do it is for around $60 with shipping to me. The belt straps and dye at Crazycrow.com, the buckles off of Amazon and the studs at tandy leather.com. The extra leather for the back of the belt and round the thinner one may be gotten at Crazycrow,com, I'm not sure though.

Good luck.

*Edit* Might help if I showed mine. https://flic.kr/p/WQxMuw
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made my belt using this tutorial http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=48452

I purchased the two belts already cut and dyed since I did not want to buy special tools from this etsy shop for $33 with tax and shipping https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCopperBuckle

My belt buckle and studs from saberbelt ($31) https://www.etsy.com/shop/Saberbelt

I used the leftover 2 inch belt to make a cover for the back. For the straps that hold the buckle I left the ends long so I can adjust the length as I lose weight (or gain) I'm quite happy I chose to make my belt myself, that way I could make it fully adjustable.

Good Luck!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:19 am    Post subject: Re: Jedi Problems--Belts Reply with quote

AmongstTheJedi wrote:
In a couple of weeks I'll be old enough to apply for the Legion. I've have slowly been gathering materials for a generic Jedi. The robes were made with the help of my grandmother who is a seamstress. The biggest thing that has been giving me trouble is the belt. I ordered one offline, but it ended up being six inches too large; the seller had me send it back. They said they couldn't accommodate the size. But they were very sweet about it and refunded me. I ordered another off of Amazon, but it ended up being pleather; it works, but I think leather would look more authentic.

I've never worked with a large sheet of leather. I've made small things, like a cuff for Rey and a makeshift belt; but not something like a Jedi belt. I tried dying it, and it ended up not going well at all. Does anyone know of a kit or an online shop where I could purchase a belt that meets standards? Or any possible tutorials?


6 inches too large is a fixable issue, I'm surprised the maker couldn't accommodate the size or the adjustment. It's cool they refunded you, so bonus there.

I agree, pleather you just won't be happy with. I've yet to meet anyone that made pleather last 'long term', from what I hear they get a few uses and that is about it.

I do have a few suggestions for you but I have to ask a question first, where are you geographically located? I'd hook up with either your local RL group for help or, if possible, get into a Tandy Leather and, if you are a DIY'er, get them to help you out.

I'm out of the leather making end otherwise I'd offer to help, but I can point you to makers if you just don't feel comfortable DIY'ing it

Fuzzy_Jedi_Slippers wrote:
I made my belt using this tutorial http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=48452

I purchased the two belts already cut and dyed since I did not want to buy special tools from this etsy shop for $33 with tax and shipping https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCopperBuckle

My belt buckle and studs from saberbelt ($31) https://www.etsy.com/shop/Saberbelt

I used the leftover 2 inch belt to make a cover for the back. For the straps that hold the buckle I left the ends long so I can adjust the length as I lose weight (or gain) I'm quite happy I chose to make my belt myself, that way I could make it fully adjustable.

Good Luck!



Nice work!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'v emade 3 Jedi belts at this point. My last one is here. http://imgur.com/a/vPzWD and is on this costume:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

look up Odd Todd on Estsy he has made me 2 belts and other members. he does great work and fast to.
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